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Articles from the January 4, 2024 edition

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  • 2024 Sisu cancelled

    Jan 4, 2024

    IRONWOOD — The lack of seasonal snow has forced Sisu Ski Race organizers to cancel this year’s races. It would have been the 15th annual event. The news came Friday in a post on the Sisu Ski Fest facebook page. “With one week to go we have absolutely no snow on the ground, wet trails, and warm temps. There is only minor snow in the forecast with temps predicted to hover around freezing. Even if we receive more snow than predicted, we could not turn that snow into a safe race course. Therefore, we are canceling the Sisu ski race,” said race di...

  • Local ski resorts inch toward full season openings

    Jan 4, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] Typically, at this time of year, local ski hills are basking in the aftermath of bustling holiday seasons that draw thousands of tourists from near and far. Not so this year, with some resorts still closed and others open only with limited hills available. "We are not officially open yet," said David Dziuban, owner and manager of Whitecap Mountains Resort in Upson, Wisconsin, on New Year's Day. "We started making snow on Oct 30 and utilized every opportuni...

  • Bessemer planners work toward joint city session

    Jan 4, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — At a Tuesday evening meeting of the Bessemer Planning Commission, City Manager Christopher Frazer reported that the city soon will schedule a joint meeting of all boards and commissions. The annual tradition has occurred in the past several years as a means for members of the various entities to stay informed of each other’s progress and plans and to discuss mutual interests. “I want to have as many people at this meeting as possible,” said Frazer. He said he was in the process of gatheri...

  • New Year's Eve features fireworks, torchlight parade on mountain

    Jan 4, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] Winter has not yet fully kicked in, but that did not stop local ski hills from celebrating New Year's Eve in style. Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort and Black River Basin - both in Bessemer Township - featured live music and fireworks that drew large, family-friendly crowds that warmed themselves next to bonfires. Excited kids, some decorated in beads and LED lights, ran, twirled and cartwheeled on the grounds. The annual torchlight parade at Black River Basin had the crowd howling from the moment that...

  • Sandra Susan Hamlin

    Jan 4, 2024

    HURLEY, Wis. - Known and loved by many as "Sue," "Susie," and "Susie-Q," Sandra Susan Hamlin went home to be forever with Jesus on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023. Sue was born on April 2, 1944, to Bonita and William Nemacheck. She graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School in Detroit, in 1962, and had a brief career with Michigan Bell where she met the love of her life, Roy Hamlin. Roy and Sue were married on Nov. 23, 1968, and enjoyed a beautiful life together. They fulfilled their dream of moving... Full story

  • Michael Keller

    Jan 4, 2024

    SALOME, Ariz. - Michael Keller, age 63, of Salome, Arizona, (formerly of Ironwood, Michigan, and Dickinson, North Dakota) passed away on Dec. 24, 2023, after a brief illness. He was born on Feb. 10, 1960, in Tacoma, Washington, to Eugene Keller and Marlene (Rykowski) Stanley. Michael was known for his sense of humor and his ability to bring laughter to those around him. He had a lifelong love of fishing and more recently enjoyed taking UTV rides and searching for rocks in the desert. Mike was... Full story

  • Herbert George Levin

    Jan 4, 2024

    OSPREY, Fla. - Herbert George Levin passed away on Dec. 27, 2023 at his home in Osprey, Florida, at the age of 58. Herb "Doc" was born on March 25, 1965, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Herbert and Georgia (Kaysner) Levin. He spent his early childhood years growing up in "The Soo" surrounded by family including his beloved grandparents. His summers were spent on the water at lakes near Curtis and visiting his cousins at Crystal Lake, Michigan. He was an avid sailor and enjoyed boating, water... Full story

  • Julie F. (DeHut) Switzer

    Jan 4, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Julie F. (DeHut) Switzer, 43, of Bessemer, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, at her home, with her family at her side. Julie was born Nov. 5, 1980, in Ontonagon, a daughter of Joseph E. and Rosemary R. (Millard) DeHut. She attended Ontonagon High School and graduated in 1999. She continued her education at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, and graduated from Finlandia University in Hancock, earning a degree in psychology. On March 22, 2002, Julie was united in... Full story

  • Community Calendar

    Jan 4, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Jan. 4 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110.... Full story